Your Name and Title:  Melda Yildiz, Associate Professor, Instructional Technology

Library, School, or Organization Name:  Wisser Library, New York Institute of Technology, USA & Baku American Center, Azerbaijan

Co-Presenter Name(s):   Eduardo Rivera, Rosemary Burgos-Mira, Shahla Khudiyeva

Area of the World from Which You Will Present:  USA, Azerbaijan

Language in Which You Will Present:  English

Target Audience(s):  Librarian, Library Media Specialist, Teacher Education Faculty, Academics

Short Session Description (one line):  

Situated within the context of media and information literacy education, this session outlines the Academic Writing Lab in developing global competencies and 21st century skills among international academics and showcases their transformative, inclusive, multilingual, multicultural projects across content areas.

Full Session Description (as long as you would like):

During my Fulbright experience (2016) in Azerbaijan (AZ), I found out the needs for information literacy skills among scholars and academics in Baku, AZ. From how to research peer review sources to how to cite, there was a clear need. Baku American Center asked me to conduct workshops on Academic Writing. Since 2016, I have been working with graduate students, teacher educators, scholars, academics in Azerbaijan. Academic Writing Lab is an online learning platform that brings academic writers to share their experience every Tuesday morning in the USA and Tuesday evening in Azerbaijan.

This research aims to advance scientific knowledge of Media and Information Literacy Skills as a means to promote heutagogy through the lens of innovative technologies in global education context while redefining academic writing through collaboration.

This session seeks to accomplish four main goals: (1) promoting academic writing skills while developing global literacy, and 21st century skills among academics while providing cultural and linguistically responsive curriculum; (2) describing academics’ reactions, discoveries, and experiences participating in Academic Writing Lab across content areas; (3) identifying innovative activities, exercises, and assessment strategies and tools that align with the local and international standards addressing Global Competency, Media Literacy and 21st century skills; and (4) investigating the role of multiple literacies (e.g. information, technology, geography, media literacy) and the use of new technologies and collaboration in developing global competencies and 21st century skills among academics.

As teacher education faculty, we self-study to improve our practice by: 1) documenting our participants’ discoveries, struggles, and reflections on their journey in our classes; 2) challenging our teaching style and philosophy; and 3) trying to bring the theory into practice while pursuing innovative teaching models that would lead to positive pedagogical transformations.

This presentation will benefit academics, librarians, and students who seek transformative and innovative strategies and tools for improving their academic writing skills, assessing their work and for preparing new generations to be future transformative leaders and global citizens. 

Conference participants will be able to:

· argue the challenges and advantages of teaching academic writing online;

· introduce the use and the role of innovative technologies in developing global competencies, critical thinking and 21st century skills among academics;

· showcase their transdisciplinary projects across content areas (e.g. math, geography, cultural studies, world languages);

· demonstrate creative strategies and possibilities for engaging pre-service teachers in project-based globally connected activities integrating new media and technologies;

· investigate the use and the power of innovative technologies and online resources such as MOOCs, wikibook projects and interactive games as a means to promote heutagogy among academics and students,

· outline the best practices, assessment tools, and curriculum models that promote transformative and heutagogical teaching models.

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